65 Plunder Quotes On Success In Life

These plunder quotes will inspire you. Plunder, steal goods from (a place or person), typically using force and in a time of war or civil disorder or the violent and dishonest acquisition of property.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging plunder quotes, plunder sayings, and plunder proverbs.

Best Plunder Quotes

  1. “Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Sometimes the law places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim – when he defends himself – as a criminal.” ~ Frederic Bastiat
  2. “A highwayman is as much a robber when he plunders in a gang as when single; and a nation that makes an unjust war is only a great gang.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
  3. “There are two ways to aquire the niceties of life:
    1) To produce them or
    2) To plunder them.
    When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” ~ Paul Valery
  4. “The plundering of the human spirit by the market place is paralleled by the plundering of the earth by capital.” ~ Murray Bookchin

  5. “The poor man wishes to conceal his poverty, and the rich man his wealth: the former fears lest he be despised, the latter lest he be plundered.” ~ Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
  6. “It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.” ~ Frederic Bastiat
  7. “The politician attempts to remedy the evil by increasing the very thing that caused the evil in the first place: legal plunder.” ~ Frederic Bastiat
  8. “To tax the community for the advantage of a class is not protection: it is plunder.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

  9. “Now since man is naturally inclined to avoid pain – and since labor is pain in itself – it follows that men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work. History shows this quite clearly. And under these conditions, neither religion nor morality can stop it. When, then, does plunder stop? It stops when it becomes more painful and more dangerous than labor.” ~ Frederic Bastiat
  10. “The mission of law is not to oppress persons and plunder them of their property, even thought the law may be acting in a philanthropic spirit. Its mission is to protect property.” ~ Frederic Bastiat
  11. “As long as it is admitted that the law may be diverted from its true purpose – that it may violate property instead of protecting it – then everyone will want to participate in making the law, either to protect himself against plunder or to use it for plunder.” ~ Frederic Bastiat
  12. “To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.” ~ Tacitus

  13. “But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.” ~ Frederic Bastiat
  14. “No empire intoxicated with the red wine of power and the plunder of weaker races has yet lived long in this world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  15. “Inflation is not caused by the actions of private citizens, but by the government: by an artificial expansion of the money supply required to support deficit spending. No private embezzlers or bank robbers in history have ever plundered people’s savings on a scale comparable to the plunder perpetrated by the fiscal policies of statist governments.” ~ Ayn Rand
  16. “When plunder becomes a way of life, men create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” ~ Frederic Bastiat

  17. “This question of legal plunder must be settled once and for all, and there are only three ways to settle it: (1) The few plunder the many. (2) Everybody plunders everybody. (3) Nobody plunders anybody.” ~ Frederic Bastiat
  18. “Anybody who rapes, and plunders, and enslaves, and steals, and drops hell bombs on people… anybody who does these things is nothing but a devil.” ~ Malcolm X
  19. “They’re counting on your patriotism to distract you from their plunder. They’re counting on you to be standing at attention with your hand over your heart, pledging allegiance to the flag, while they pick your pocket!” ~ Bill Moyers
  20. “The years as they pass plunder us of one thing after another.” ~ Horace

  21. “No legal plunder: This is the principle of justice, peace, order, stability, harmony, and logic. Until the day of my death, I shall proclaim this principle with all the force of my lungs (which alas! is all too inadequate).” ~ Frederic Bastiat
  22. “Alliance – in international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other’s pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.” ~ Ambrose Bierce
  23. “But the instinct of hoarding, like all other instincts, tends to become hypertrophied and perverted; and with the institution of private property comes another institution-that of plunder and brigandage. In private life, no motive of action is at present so powerful and so persistent as acquisitiveness, which unlike most other desires, knows no satiety. The average man is rich enough when he has a little more than he has got, and not till then.” ~ William Ralph Inge
  24. “No legal plunder: This is the principle of justice.” ~ Frederic Bastiat

  25. “Now, legal plunder can be committed in an infinite number of ways. Thus we have an infinite number of plans for organizing it: tariffs, protection, benefits, subsidies, encouragements, progressive taxation, public schools, guaranteed jobs, guaranteed profits, minimum wages, a right to relief, a right to the tools of labor, free credit, and so on, and so on.” ~ Frederic Bastiat
  26. “I think in a sense this is a house that was built on a bad foundation. And the foundation was the Americans coming here and allowing the sacking, burning and plunder of Baghdad, for whatever reason.” ~ Jon Lee Anderson
  27. “If government goes beyond securing liberty and instead violates it through regulation, redistribution, and planning, then citizens are victims of legal plunder.” ~ Richard Ebeling
  28. “The law commit legal plunder by violating liberty and property.” ~ Frederic Bastiat

  29. “Exploitation and oppression is not a matter of race. It is the system, the apparatus of world-wide brigandage called imperialism, which made the Powers behave the way they did. I have no illusions on this score, nor do I believe that any Asian nation or African nation, in the same state of dominance, and with the same system of colonial profit-amassing and plunder, would have behaved otherwise.” ~ Han Suyin
  30. “An elite class that is free to operate without limits – whether limits imposed by the rule of law or fear of the responses from those harmed by their behavior – is an elite class that will plunder, degrade, and cheat at will, and act endlessly to fortify its own power.” ~ Glenn Greenwald
  31. “In every society where property exists there will ever be a struggle between rich and poor. Mixed in one assembly, equal laws can never be expected; they will either be made by the member to plunder the few who are rich, or by the influence to fleece the many who are poor.” ~ John Adams
  32. “Somehow we find it hard to sell our values, namely that the rich should plunder the poor.” ~ John Foster Dulles

  33. “Instead of friends, I see in Washington only mortal enemies. Instead of loving the old flag of the stars and stripes, I see in it only the symbol of murder, plunder, oppression, and shame.” ~ Rose O’Neal Greenhow
  34. “Praise is declaration, a victory cry, proclaiming faith to stand firm in the place God has given you. Praise is a proclamation that the enemy’s intent to plunder you will not rock you. Praise declares that you will not be moved by the enemy’s attempt to snatch you away.” ~ Darlene Zschech
  35. “The real danger of democracy is, that the classes which have the power under it will assume all the rights and reject all the duties-that is, that they will use the political power to plunder those-who-have.” ~ William Graham Sumner
  36. “We cannot agree that an act of plunder which threatens the livelihood of many nations should be allowed to succeed.” ~ Anthony Eden

  37. “Democracy in itself does not define or guarantee a free society. History has told many stories of democratic societies that have degenerated into corruption, plunder, and tyranny.” ~ Richard Ebeling
  38. “But is it just then that the few and the wealthy should be the rulers? And what if they, in like manner, rob and plunder the people, – is this just?” ~ Aristotle
  39. “There are only two things in which the false professors of all religions have agreed–to persecute all other sects and to plunder their own.” ~ Charles Caleb Colton
  40. “Imperialist aid is a noose of plunder and subjugation, aimed at robbing 10 and even 100 things for one thing that is given.” ~ Kim Jong Il

  41. “For plague and pestilence, plunder and pollution, the hazards of nature and the hunger of children are the foes of every nation. The earth, the sea and the air are the concern of every nation.” ~ John F. Kennedy
  42. “There is always some basic principle that will ultimately get the Republican party together. If my observations are worth anything, that basic principle is the cohesive power of public plunder.” ~ Anselm J. McLaurin
  43. “It is a policeman’s duty to retrieve stolen property and return it to its owners. But when robbery becomes the purpose of the law, and the policeman’s duty becomes, not protection, but the plunder of property – then it is an outlaw who has to become a policeman.” ~ Ayn Rand
  44. “The purpose of a just government is to prevent plunder, not facilitate it.” ~ Glenn Beck

  45. “What have we to offer the world beside the superabundant loot which we recklessly plunder from the earth under the maniacal delusion that this insane activity represents progress and enlightenment?” ~ Henry Miller
  46. “The time is fast approaching when to call a man a patriot will be the deepest insult you can offer him. Patriotism now means advocating plunder in the interest of the privileged classes of the particular State system into which we have happened to be born.” ~ Leo Tolstoy
  47. “Patriotism means advocating plunder in the interests of the privileged class of your particular country. The time will soon come when calling someone a patriot will be the deepest insult.” ~ Ernest Belfort Bax
  48. “To plunder, to lie, to show your arse, are three essentials for climbing high.” ~ Aristophanes

  49. “Nature is one with rapine, a harm no preacher can heal; The Mayfly is torn by the swallow, the sparrow speared by the shrike, And the whole little wood where I sit is a world of plunder and prey.” ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson
  50. “A thorough-paced knave will rarely quarrel with one whom he can cheat: his revenge is plunder; therefore he is usually the most forgiving of beings, upon the principle that if he come to an open rupture, he must defend himself; and this does not suit a man whose vocation it is to keep his hands in the pocket of another.” ~ Charles Caleb Colton
  51. “Rome & Greece swept Art into their maw & destroy’d it; a Warlike State never can produce Art. It will Rob & Plunder & accumulate into one place, & Translate & Copy & Buy & Sell & Criticize, but not Make.” ~ William Blake
  52. “Yes, I am a pirate, two hundred years to late. Cannons don’t thunder, there’s nothing to plunder, I’m an over forty victim of fate.” ~ Jimmy Buffett

  53. “And this is what has taken place. The delusion of the day is to enrich all classes at the expense of each other; it is to generalize plunder under pretense of organizing it.” ~ Frederic Bastiat
  54. “With the exception only of the period of the gold standard, practically all governments of history have used their exclusive power to issue money to defraud and plunder the people.” ~ Friedrich August von Hayek
  55. “Modern war is so expensive that we feel trade to be a better avenue to plunder; but modern man inherits all the innate pugnacity and all the love of glory of his ancestors.” ~ William James
  56. “The settler makes history and is conscious of making it. And because he constantly refers to the history of his mother country, he clearly indicates that he himself is the extension of that mother country. Thus the history which he writes is not the history of the country which he plunders but the history of his own nation in regard to all that she skims off, all that she violates and starves.” ~ Frantz Fanon
  57. “When, then, does plunder stop? It stops when it becomes more painful and more dangerous than labor.” ~ Frederic Bastiat

  58. “Reading, reflection and time have convinced me that the interests of society require the observation of those moral precepts only in which all religions agree (for all forbid us to steal, murder, plunder, or bear false witness), and that we should not intermeddle with the particular dogmas in which all religions differ, and which are totally unconnected with morality.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
  59. “Among all the modernized aspects of the most luxurious of industries, the model, a vestige of voluptuous barbarianism, is like some plunder-laden prey. She is the object of unbridled regard, a living bait, the passive realization of an ideal. No other female occupation contains such potent impulses to moral disintegration as this one, applying as it does the outward signs of riches to a poor and beautiful girl.” ~ Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
  60. “The founders understood that democracy would inevitably evolve into a system of legalized plunder unless the plundered were given numerous escape routes and constitutional protections such as the separation of powers, the Bill of Rights, election of senators by state legislators, the electoral college, no income taxation, most governmental functions performed at the state and local levels, and myriad other constitutional limitations on the powers of the central government.” ~ Thomas DiLorenzo
  61. “Surely the best way to meet the enemy is head on in the field and not wait till they plunder our very homes.” ~ Oliver Goldsmith

  62. “The effort to improve the conditions of man, however, is not a task for the few. It is the task of all nations-acting alone, acting in groups, acting in the United Nations, for plague and pestilence, plunder and pollution, the hazards of nature and the hunger of children are the foes of every nation. The earth, the sea and the air are the concern of every nation. And science, technology and education can be the ally of every nation.” ~ John F. Kennedy
  63. “How could they say that my religion, Islam was a ‘race hate’ religion after all the plunder and enslavement and domination of my people by white Christians in the name of white supremacy?” ~ Muhammad Ali
  64. “PLUNDER, v. To take the property of another without observing the decent and customary reticences of theft. To wrest the wealth of A from B and leave C lamenting a vanishing opportunity.” ~ Ambrose Bierce
  65. “We shall not bind ourselves by treaties. We shall not allow ourselves to be entangled by treaties. We reject all clauses on plunder and violence, but we shall welcome all clauses containing provisions for good-neighbourly relations and all economic agreements; we cannot reject these.” ~ Vladimir Lenin

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